I've just completed a jelly roll quilt for a "Special Soldier". It and 2 others have been taken to dear friends of a severely wounded soldier from our area. He is currently at Walter Reed Hospital undergoing treatment. Still a long, long way to go. He has a great spirit. He will chose his favorite and the other 2 will go to others. I always quilt the words "bravery, valor, honor, courage on these quilts. I saw a wonderful panto that inspired me. Regrettably, I couldn't quilt it because it was too large for my 9". That is not a problem now, but I quilted it before I got the 15" Bailey. It's been hanging out in my quilt room waiting for me to put the binding on. I "borrowed" the binding from another quilt, thought they were the same size (that's what you get for thinking and not measuring), and found I was 1 strip short. I had 3 sides stitched by then. The binding was cut at 3" and all I had in scraps was 2 - 2 1/2" strips + a 1" strip. If I had measured, I could have trimmed it down to 2 1/2", added the other strips and it would have been fine. So I added the 1" to the 2 1/2", pressed the seam open, made sure it was going to be on the inside and voila! Done! Used YLI variegated thread (red/white/blue), Soft & Bright batting.
Dolly in MI